While we launched our confectionery in mid September 2016 and began production in late October--today is the start of something BIG! As you may already know...we were fortunate to be able to kick off within an incubator kitchen program in Tulsa, OK (Kitchen 66; www.kitchen66tulsa.com) during the fall of 2016 but our hearts were focused on manufacturing in Fort Gibson--where we are raising our family and a town with so much history, character and charm. So, at the end of December 2016 we ended manufacturing in Tulsa and began the process of purchasing our own equipment and getting settled into our new space so we could license in Fort Gibson. This was a scary move. Scary because we had just launched our company and knew that the potential of not having enough inventory built between moves could hurt our new business.
As anyone in the food business (or any business for that matter) knows...there can be many 'pauses' or hiccups you aren't always prepared for when launching and scaling your business. THEN, with a flip of a switch there are even more blessings and surprises that make you feel like you are headed in the right direction. This week we finally got 'Molly' (our gorgeous new beast of a gas range) installed into our kitchen at the Wise Owl Coffee Roaster & Shop and felt like we could finally submit our plan review for our manufacturing license so we could begin production again. We feared that the licensing process would take a few weeks as there aren't many inspectors across the state. THEN, this morning I got a call from our inspector asking if she could come license us TODAY--LITERALLY THE DAY AFTER THE PLAN REVIEW WAS SUBMITTED! I was nearly in shock! Continuing to produce our confections in Tulsa was preventing us from launching our fundraising program and wholesale accounts for specialty retail stores simply due to the time that was invested in the drive from Fort Gibson to Tulsa each way. So, when I say WHEW! It's OFFICIAL! I mean it... a load has been lifted! We're ready to cook on all 6 burners! WHEW! We're ready to launch our fundraising program for ball teams, schools, organizations, clubs and other entities. WHEW! We're ready to open wholesale accounts for specialty retail stores! WHEW! On to the next phase of growth! THANK YOU to everyone who has provided encouragement, to those who have purchased our confections already and to those who have helped spread the word about our confectionery! We are beyond blessed!